Deseret News opinion editor Hal Boyd recently explained in an opinion piece for The Weekly Standard that Utah and its Mormon population serve as a positive case study on how to solve the deep partisan divide.
Boyd wrote that Utah’s unique political and religious culture offers a lesson on how all Americans can navigate the vast political divide.
He wrote that Utah’s policies often seem to be more fitting for liberal states, even though it's full of conservative voters.16 comments on this story
“While Utah has a reputation for cultural homogeneity — many residents are Mormons — the state’s founding as a place of refuge for a persecuted religious minority has engendered a sense of empathy for those who may not fit in or may feel otherwise marginalized,” he wrote. “It’s a paradox that helps account not only for the robust non-discrimination ordinances supported by Utah’s religiously conservative population, but also for the state’s strong rejection of the proposed ‘Muslim ban’ during the 2016 presidential race.”
Other states could become more like Utah by “making a habit of listening and learning from those with whom one might disagree," Boyd wrote.
Read more at The Weekly Standard.